National Recycling Week 2023: What Goes Around Comes Around

Pile of recycled concrete in the background, with recycling-related graphics and “National Recycling Week 2023” text overlay.

Is your business ready for National Recycling Week 2023?

Join us this year from November 13 – 19 as we celebrate National Recycling Week in Australia.

This year’s theme is “What Goes Around Comes Around”, promoting the concept of waste creation, recycling, and contributing to the circular economy.

National Recycling Week is a great opportunity for your business to promote good recycling practices to your staff, customers, and audiences — and even optimise your practices to do better in future.

So, if you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve got a few ideas…

1. Rethink Your Waste Creation Image showing 100% recycled concrete side by side with materials sourced from quarry and text overlay “Could you use THIS… instead of THAT?”

Too often, waste is an afterthought. Simply a by-product of building or consuming something. But this year, we want to challenge you to consider recycling and sustainability from the start. When buying materials, consuming resources, or creating something, think about:

  • How could you change your process or design to reduce waste (especially waste that cannot be recycled)?
  • Could you incorporate more recycled materials in your design or process to ensure there is demand for these materials? (like our concrete aggregate products!)
  • When the product or building reaches end-of-life, how could the materials be recycled or recovered?

Consider the potential consequences of your actions and choices, even if those consequences aren’t going to show up for a year, a decade, or a couple of generations. See whether you can invest your time or budget towards better solutions upfront so that you can minimise the cost to the environment later on. 

This kind of long-term thinking will ensure you make more sustainable, environmentally-conscious decisions.

2. Clean Up Your Waste

Take a look around your office, facility, or worksite. Chances are, you’ll notice some rubbish or unused product you’ve been planning to dispose of but haven’t got around to it yet. 

But your waste might just be a valuable resource in the right hands or business. So, don’t let it sit around any longer. Instead, organise a clean up around your business and make sure that waste goes to the most suitable location to ensure it can be recycled or reused. 

For instance, you might hire a skip bin specific to your waste type, drop it off at a dedicated recycling facility, or simply place it in the appropriate council bin (see acceptable waste for Moreton Bay Region’s yellow lid bins). And it’s always a good time to clean up your pile of concrete by leaving it with us or organising a pick up via our partnership with Jumbo Skip Bins.

3. Research Your Waste Options

Screenshot from Planet Ark website showing ‘Find a recycler’ search tool.

It’s an exciting time to recycle, with businesses continually coming up with innovative new ways to recycle and repurpose waste that previously went to landfill. So, take the time to research the different types of waste and how they can be recycled — including the various facilities and services providers in your area. 

For instance, Moreton Bay Recycling accepts concrete waste at our facility in Narangba, and you can even get it picked up in a bin thanks to our partnership with Jumbo Skip Bins.

You might be surprised to find out what can be recycled or reused — as different recycling businesses like ours continue to grow!

You can use the search function on Planet Ark’s website to discover recycling options for different materials in your area. Another great resource is Aspire (we’re members!), which helps businesses connect and exchange materials or resources that would otherwise go to waste.

4. Get Serious About the Facts

It’s much easier to implement new practices when you have a clear why behind them. So, take some time to dive into the data behind recycling. There’s nothing more motivating than discovering that…

  • In 2018-19, Australia produced 75.8 million tonnes of solid waste, with just over half of this sent for recycling (source: ABS)
  • As of 2021-22, Australia’s resource recovery rate across all waste streams was 63%, but our 2019 National Waste Policy Action Plan has set a target of 80% by 2030 (source: DCCEEW)
  • In 2021-22, Australia’s waste categories with the highest recovery rate were metals (87%), building materials (81%), paper/cardboard (62%), organics (58%), and glass (59%) (source: DCCEEW)
  • Every 431 tonnes of material recycled supports one job (source: Australian Council of Recycling)
  • Modelling suggests a circular economy could create $1,860 billion in economic benefits for Australia over a 20 year period, while saving 165 million tonnes of CO2 per year (source: PWC)

And that’s just the start! It’s clear from the facts that we all need to roll up our sleeves and take action on waste and recycling wherever possible.

Just in case you’d like to get more specific with your research, check out our posts on The Latest Developments in Concrete Recycling and 10 Statistics and Facts About Recycled Concrete.

5. Join or Host an Event

Photo from recent charity BBQ event at Moreton Bay Recycling.

Explore the various recycling events that are being held during National Recycling Week or consider hosting your own event for your workplace. You could:

  • Host a BBQ (like we do every month) to raise money for a cause — you might like to choose an environmental initiative!
  • Encourage staff to propose their own recycling initiative and then vote on which ones to implement in the workplace
  • Do a trash/treasure swap where each person brings quality unwanted items to exchange (donate anything that’s leftover)
  • Pay a visit to your local recycling facility to see how it works for yourself (if you’re in Moreton Bay, give us a call — we’d be happy to organise a quick tour)

6. Talk About Your Recycling Practices

Screenshot of post by Moreton Bay Recycling talking about embracing sustainability.

During National Recycling Week, you might like to hop onto your social media pages and share about what your business is already doing to recycle — and what you’re planning to implement in future.

Someone in your audience might just learn something new or get inspired to improve their own recycling practices. And your clients and customers will be pleased to know that they’re supporting a company that does the right thing.

In case you’re looking for some ideas or inspiration, check out our recent Facebook and LinkedIn posts.

Celebrate National Recycling Week With Us!

Of course, if you’re local to us we’d love nothing more than to see you during National Recycling Week. In fact, we think that nothing would fit better with the “what goes around comes around” theme for 2023.

So, whether you’ve got some concrete waste to drop off, or some recycled concrete products to pick up for a job, we hope to see you soon!

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